Custom catering: through the inner city with the Citan

Trautwein Catering headquarters with the Mercedes-Benz company vehicles outside.

The catering company Trautwein relies on Mercedes-Benz vehicles to supply gourmets everywhere. Their secret recipe for the narrow streets: the agile Citan.

Precision work in the large kitchen

Heat, steam, noise – Trautwein Catering’s large kitchen is a hive of energetic activity. While the entrées are being prepared in one corner, an employee garnishes sweet desserts on the middle table. The order: an exclusive menu for a new customer located in the historical heart of Esslingen near Stuttgart. The challenge: to produce high quality dishes and deliver them to their destination in the shortest time possible. The boss himself handles the main courses. Ferdinand Trautwein, the head chef, fillets beef and stirs a pasta dish. Custom catering means that everything has to run perfectly – because every job is unique and a race to balance time, quantity and quality.

The head chef Ferdinand Trautwein preparing an order.

The Citan as an agile caterer

Narrow winding roads and alleys characterize Esslingen’s historical center, some of which is inaccessible for larger vans. That is why Ferdinand Trautwein chooses the Mercedes-Benz Citan to deliver today’s order. The agile panel van effortlessly fits between the historical buildings yet still has plenty of space for the insulated boxes filled with fine cuisine. Large doors provide comfortable access to the cargo area. The load is secured and the journey begins.

Maximilian Trautwein loads an insulated box into the Mercedes-Benz Citan.

The Citan is the perfect small van. The size is ideal for quick jobs and smaller deliveries wherever the roads are too narrow for our large vans.

Gourmet delivery à la carte

Trautwein Catering offers its customers complete service. In addition to the cuisine, the family-owned company delivers everything customers need for a successful event. That is why it maintains an entire fleet of Mercedes-Benz vehicles of various sizes, even including a Sprinter with a refrigerated cargo area. In addition, the family also runs its own restaurant, where the catering business has its roots. Now the restaurant is supplied with fresh food every day from the company’s headquarters in the neighbouring town. The company’s Mercedes-Benz Citan is the perfect delivery vehicle.

Trautwein Catering headquarters with the Mercedes-Benz company vehicles outside.

However, the smallest van is currently making its way through Esslingen’s historical center. It purposefully winds its way through the cobblestone streets to its destination, a small event location in the heart of the town. The transport boxes are quickly unloaded through the rear and side doors. The initial stress transforms into relaxed satisfaction: Ferdinand Trautwein has delivered the menus on time with the help of the Citan.

 
Trautwein Catering GmbH
History: Third generation family-owned company
Headquarters: Stuttgart-Plieningen, Germany
Managing Directors: Gerd, Maximilian and Ferdinand Trautwein
Area of activity: Stuttgart region/southern Germany
Services: Complete event service, food and non-food including planning and organization
Cuisine: Regional and seasonal
Fleet: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 312 with a refrigerated body
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 515 with a refrigerated body
Mercedes-Benz Citan 108 panel van
Mercedes-Benz 814 swap-body system

Trautwein Catering GmbH
Ostfildern | Germany

Photos: MYVAN

A fan of unconventional solutions – the Citan is a high-roof estate from Mercedes-Benz and has been on the market in Europe since 2012. It is available in three different versions and length.